Serendipity Blouse and Trousers



Few blog posts were so emotional to me as this one. Early this year I came across this pattern testers call by Destri of The Mother Huddle. I immediately responded to the call. I felt so connected to Destri's inspiring story of conquering fear... She had been dreaming, planning and working on her kids clothes pattern line for three years but she wasn't confident enough to go for it for real until now. I could totally relate with her since I have been going through the same doubts and fears about my blog for a few years before I decided to share it and make it known around the online sewing community... 
Her answer was just too sweet and I was told I was the first one to answer the tester call.

One of the things I love about this whole online sewing community is the ability to really connect with people and be "friends" with them without having ever met in person. I know this subject of virtual friends would be a topic for a long discussion, but I can tell you that I have made some good friends through this community.

So, back to the topic, I have had the privilege of being part of the launching of this new pattern company - the Sewlosophy pattern co. (Watch this sweet little presentation video here!)
Destri is launching her first kids clothes patterns collection - the Serendipity collection - with a set of 4 patterns for girls: a blouse, trousers & capris, the swing coat and a beret

I was lucky to test both the blouse and the trousers and I have to say that I was truly amazed by these patterns... You won't tell this is Destri's first pattern collection at all. Everything is just perfect. On one hand because of the classic retro feel yet beautiful design of the garments and on the other hand because of the instructions - they are so so great! 
The instructions have this neat design, so professional... And Destri is offering a video tutorial for each one of the patterns! Isn't that great? I can tell you that I just felt like I was in her sewing room chating with her about her patterns (only she was doing all the talking, ha!). I saw each video with a cup of tea on my hands before I read the instructions and it was really great to have this overview of the construction of the garment. Destri is such a sweet person and her instructions are very clear and easy to follow.





First let's talk about the Serendipity blouse. I love classic designs as much as I love cutting-edge ones. This blouse is so simple and yet so beautiful. I love the way it closes - with a shoulder placket (for either buttons or snaps).
The pattern doesn't ask for the use of piping but I couldn't help it... :)
I used a cotton batiste fabric with a small flower print. I have to say it was the first time I have used a fabric with yellow on it. Some of you know that yellow it the least of my favorite colors (along with orange, and don't ask me why because I can't find any reasonable explanation...)... But lately I am forcing myself to sew out-of-the-box, to stretch my limits, to try new things - and using yellow fabric or fabric with yellow details on it is part of my sewing goals and I have to say I am about to scratch that from my list! (I have already made something in a bright yellow knit fabric! You can see it here.)
This fabric was given to me by my Portuguese-Canadian aunt (who gave me some beautiful fabrics last year).
I used two lovely vintage buttons with matching colors, from my granny's stash. I think they are just perfect for this blouse.






I was also assigned to test the Serendipity trousers. They have a loose fit on the legs and I like them that way - all I can find in RTW these days are skinny trousers as it is an European fashion trend at the moment. And for as much I love skinny I was happy to make something different. 
I love the yoke detail and that the trousers have just the perfect amount of gathering at the front. I also love that they have a elasticized waistband (only at the back) - so no buttons or zippers here.
I used a very lightweight Summer denim cotton and a floral print cotton for the yoke. I have also add a trim to the yoke piece.

I can't wait to make the swing coat and the beret!

If you want to see more (I know you do!) you can check what my fellow testers made here:
Manning The Machine
From a Box
Ruth Plus Two
El Blog de la Tata
Hearts And Home

Destri is kindly offering a 10% discount code (SEW10) good until June 2nd and a 30% discount for the Serendipity bundle! (This means you can get a 40% total discount!) 

There is a boy's collection coming next! Since I have commited myself to sew more for my little man I can't wait to get Sewlosophy's new patterns - I am sure they will be amazing!

Go take a look at the Serendipity pattern collection at the Sewlosophy online shop and make sure you get to meet Destri and read all about the history behind Sewlosophy at the About page. Also don't forget to sign up for the Newsletter so you can get all the fresh news and have access to exclusive offers and discounts. 

*GIVEAWAY ALERT*
Now for something you will love: I was allowed to offer you - awesome readers of this sewing blog - a bundle giveaway! All 4 patterns! And the only thing you need to do is to get your entry at the Rafflecopter and leave a comment below letting us know what do you plan to make with them - easy peasy, right? :)
This giveaway will close by June 7th and the winner be contacted shortly after. Good luck!


a Rafflecopter giveaway



Poucas publicações neste blog foram até hoje tão emotivas como esta. No início deste ano dei de caras (completamente por acaso) com este anúncio para testar moldes de roupa para criança, da Destri do The Mother Huddle. Respondi imediatamente. Relacionei-me muito com a sua história inspiradora de conquista sobre o medo... Ela sonhou, planeou e trabalhou na sua pequena empresa de moldes de roupa para criança durante três anos mas nunca se sentiu confiante o suficiente para arriscar e ir em frente até agora. Senti-me logo identificada porque durante vários anos andei a esconder este blog e o meu gosto pelas costuras por insegurança e por não acreditar nas minhas capacidades...

Uma das razões pelas quais gosto muito desta comunidade online de "costureirinhas" (o meu termo carinhoso para mamãs costureiras amadoras) é o facto de se fazerem amizades com pessoas de todo o mundo, que nunca vimos pessoalmente. Eu sei que este assunto de amizades virtuais é discutível, mas posso afiançar que já fiz boas amigas nesta comunidade. E espero vir a conhecê-las um dia...


Bem, mas voltando ao assunto... Tive o privilégio de fazer parte do lançamento desta nova marca de moldes - a Sewlosophy pattern co. (Vejam este pequeno vídeo delicioso de apresentação aqui!). A Destri está a lançar a sua primeira colecção de moldes para roupa de criança - a colecção Serendipity - com um conjunto de quatro moldes para raparigas: uma blusa, umas calças ou corsários, um casaco e uma boina.


Eu testei a blusa e as calças e tenho que dizer que fiquei maravilhada com estes moldes... Por um lado pelo seu design clássico mas bonito, e por outro lado pelas suas instrucções - são muito, muito boas! Têm um design muito agradável, muito profissional... E a Destri oferece também um tutorial em vídeo para cada um dos moldes - não é fantástico? Quando estava a vê-los senti que estava mesmo no seu quarto de costura, a conversar com ela (tirando o facto de ser ela a única a falar :) ). Vi cada um dos vídeos com uma chávena de chá na mão antes de ler as instruções e gostei bastante de poder ter esta visão geral antes de começar a costurar. A Destri é uma pessoa muito simpática e as suas instruções são muito claras e fáceis de seguir. 


Primeiro vamos falar da blusa. Gosto tanto de um bom design clássico como de designs mais arrojados. Esta blusa é tão simples e no entanto tão bonita. Gosto muito da forma como abre a fecha - no ombro, com botões ou molas.

O molde não requer a aplicação de vivo mas eu não resisti! :)
Usei um tecido de algodão muito fino (um pouco transparente até, mas muito suave), com um padrão floral pequeno, e que foi-me oferecido pela minha tia luso-canadiana (que no ano passado me trouxe alguns tecidos). 
Tenho que dizer que foi a primeira vez que usei um tecido com amarelo. Alguns de vocês já sabem que o amarelo é a minha cor menos predilecta (assim como o laranja, não me perguntem porquê...)... Mas ultimamente tenho-me forçado a costurar "fora da caixa", a esticar os meus limites, a tentar coisas novas - e usar tecidos amarelos ou com a cor amarela era um dos meus objectivos pessoais na área da costura e posso dizer que estou prestes a riscá-lo da lista como feito! (Depois disto já fiz outra peça em amarelo bem amarelo! :) )

Usei dois botões vintage, da colecção de botões que herdei da minha avó. Não sei se conseguem reparar mas as cores (verde, amarelo e laranja) são exactamente as cores das florinhas da blusa... Quem diria?...


Para além da blusa também tive a oportunidade de testar as calças. São um pouco largas nas pernas mas até gostei delas assim - tudo o que se encontra por aí no pronto-a-vestir são calças justinhas (skinny), porque é a tendência de moda aqui na Europa, e por isso gostei de fazer algo diferente.


Gosto do detalhe do encaixe e do pequeno franzido que têm na frente. O cós é elástico (apenas atrás), por isso não têm botões nem fechos.

Usei um tecido misto de algodão que parece uma ganga muito fininha, e algodão piquet com um padrão floral para o encaixe. E claro, não resisti a acrescentar um pormenor - o galão de renda.

Depois de ter feito estes dois moldes, mal posso esperar para ter tempo para fazer o casaco e a boina!


Se quiserem ver mais (eu sei que sim!) espreitem aqui o resultado do (alguns do) grupo de testes:
Manning The Machine
From a Box
Ruth Plus Two
El Blog de la Tata
Hearts And Home

A Destri está a oferecer um desconto de 10% pelo lançamento da colecção (o código é SEW10) válido até 2 de Junho, e um outro desconto de 30% na compra de toda a colecção de moldes! (São acumuláveis!)

Vá, e agora vão pôr o olho na colecção de moldes Serendipity na loja online da Sewlopsophy e vejam a página do About (Acerca) para conhecerem a Destri. E não se esqueçam de subscrever a newsletter para poderem receber notícias frescas e ter acesso exclusivo a ofertas e descontos.


E sabem o que vem a seguir? Uma colecção de moldes para rapaz! Como me comprometi a costurar mais para o meu pequeno homem estou muito entusiasmada - tenho a certeza de que vão ser muito bons!


*ALERTA DE OFERTA!*

Tenho um conjunto completo de moldes para oferecer a um dos leitores deste blog! Os 4 moldes! E tudo o que têm a fazer é deixar registar a vossa entrada no Rafflecopter ali mais acima e deixar um comentário ali em baixo dizendo o que planeiam fazer com os moldes - super fácil, não é? :)

Esta oferta vai terminar no dia 7 de Junho e o vencedor vai ser escolhido aleatoriamente (e será contactado logo de seguida, por isso certifiquem-se que tenho acesso ao vosso email ou que o deixam aqui ou mo enviam para o meu email).


60 comments

  1. Precioso Sara, me encantó la blusa con los botones creo que dijiste que eran de tu abuela ¿no? una preciosidad y el pantalón te quedó lindísimo, tu hija está preciosa con el conjunto, ha sido una bonita experiencia y los patrones me han encantado.

    Besos/Bea

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    1. Hola Beatriz! Gracias por su visita a este mi pequeño rincón. :) E gracias por sus palabras. Si los botones eran de mi abuelita. Ella era costurera y me dejó muchas cosas de costura. Las tengo como un tesoro. Me gustó mucho lo que hiciste en este grupo también. Besos!

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  2. It's so hard to see past the cuteness of that little one! The last picture is priceless! Sara, thank you for such a sweet post and review. You've made me blush ten shades of red :)
    The minute I read your about page I thought "Oh! A soul sister!". I love that the internet for that, makes the world a whole lot smaller.
    I love what you did with the trousers and blouse (the yoke - my favorite!) and can't wait to see what you do with the coat and beret!
    Thank you friend, means so much!

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  3. Great patterns, Sara! Estou impressionada com a qualidade do design destas patterns. Nunca tinha ouvido falar nem no blog nem na pattern company e adorei! Vamos lá ver se tenho sorte...

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  4. Adorei os moldes e esta versão! Acho que as minhas filhotas iam ficar lindas. Vou esperar antes de comprar, para ver se tenho alguma sorte.
    isabel_mbpp@hotmail.com

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  5. What an awesome pattern collection! I love what you did with both the blouse and pants. The fabric contrast on the pants and cute buttons on the blouse really make the pieces. If I won the collection I'd definitely be looking forward to sewing the pieces one day for my own little girl.

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  6. Wow, everything is so beautiful! I love the model of the shirt, the piping and buttons make it look perfect. And the trousers, so adorable - what a brilliant idea use the floral fabric there! I'm very interested seeing how the coat turns out, because I love making coats. If I win I'm going to sew some nice outfit for autumn for my youngest or second youngest daughter.

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  7. The patterns are super cute! I love both your pieces, but the pants are especially darling. I looked at the bundle listing and was happy to see so many different looks that can be achieved with the bundle. E doesn't have any wide-leg pants, so I'd probably sew those up first!

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  8. AnonymousMay 30, 2014

    Adorei <3. Eu faria todas as peças. Acho que daria um conjunto de inspiração francesa três chic :-)

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  9. That collection is adorable! Certainly see them being used around here!

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  10. That is sooooo sweet. I can't wait to check out the collection a bit more. Your daughters are adorable!

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  11. I will sew for my daughter! LOVE the patterns!

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  12. Ooh, I love these! Thanks for sharing Sara :)
    I would totally make these for my daughter. They'd be perfect for school, which she starts I the fall...And I hear that the Sewing for Kindergarten series is coming back this year ;)

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  13. your daughter is adorable, Sara! I love the blous, so sweet. And the buttons! I want those buttons :) Love what you did with the pants. super cool!

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  14. your sewing is impeccable.

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  15. Beautiful fabric choices! Would love to win these patterns and make them for girls.

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  16. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!!

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  17. Love them! Coming in to winter here in Australia at the moment, the gorgeous trousers would be perfect in a lightweight denim, with a gorgeous cotton blouse and a light pinwale cord jacket. My 4 year old would LOVE it!

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  18. Both pieces are wonderful! I checked out the rest of the patterns, and they look amazing! Great that Destri took a step of faith and went public with her work. I can see myself making every pattern. Loose fitting clothes is my fave for small people, and designs leave so many wonderful fabric options! This current collection is perfect for us as we are heading into winter! Hand on, today is the first of June - winter is here!

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  19. Lovely Sara - I think I would follow your lead and make a blouse in some vintage fabric. I love it - the piping is perfect!

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  20. I love the fabric choices, and the piping around the cuff is gorgeous! My daughter is starting school in september, I would make her a mini wardrobe for getting into when she gets home from school - something that's totally her as the perfect antidote for school uniform!

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  21. So sweet! Love the classic designs of these. My 5 year old would love the girlyness and my 10 year old would like that it isn't too ruffly.

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  22. My three year old niece would look adorable in these for autumn!

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  23. I'd love to try the blouse, the pants and the coat for y 3 year old! Such lovely patterns!

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  24. A camisa é a minha preferida. Adorava ganhar os moldes para os experimentar. Principalmente as calças, a minha princesa é uma apaixonada por calças.

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  25. I would love to sew my daughter's fall clothes with the patterns, they look beautiful

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  26. Ola Sara! Manda la para o pais vizinho essas patterns :-)
    Adoro a tunica! Quando for grande quero coser como tu... lol
    Gostava de exprimentar fazer a tunica em kint!

    Bjs
    Rita

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  28. What a lovely post! I immediately went to see Sewlosophy's site! She is adorable and very talented. As you say, it doesn't seem this is the first time she is releasing some patterns! I love the fact that she includes a tutorial video when buying the pattern. This will for sure help me when i mess it all up when sewing too tired! hahaha
    I will for sure buy some of her patterns when my daughter is 2 yrs old.
    Fatima

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  29. Adorei o post Sara! A blusa está linda de morrer e os botões são maravilhosos! As calças também estão um amor. Parabéns! Depois de espreitar a loja fiquei com muita vontade de experimentar fazer o casaco... e claro as outras peças tb!! ;)

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  30. Sara, finalmente um tempinho hoje para vir aqui e deparar-me com esta blusa, ainda por cima em amarelo, foi uma delícia! Mas tenho mais coisinhas para dizer.
    1. Fico extremamente feliz que tenhas perdido o receio de mostrar este blog, que é simplesmente encantador até para quem, como eu, não tem filhos (por ora, só uma afilhada bébé!).
    2. As peças que fazes são maravilhosas! Esta blusa, os pormenores todos, a cor, tudo... um espanto!
    3. A tua fotografia é óptima! A peça está bem mostrada, os detalhes também, giros, bem iluminados e enquadrados.
    4. Os teus modelos são lindos lindos lindos :D

    Beijo!

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  31. oooh that is so cute!! I love the shirt

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  32. oh! my baby girl, camille will look adorable in that sweet little outfit! i can't wait to start stitching!

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  33. They all look great! I would love to use the patterns to sew for my nieces and friend's little girls.

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  34. These new patterns are so chic!!!

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  35. I would make a beautiful outfit for my niece.

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  36. Cute top! I love your fabric choice :)

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  37. What beautiful patterns. So simple and yet, so elegant :).

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  38. I'm expecting a little girl so these timeless patterns will be wonderful to have!

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  39. These are such cute patterns! Nice to see something fresh and new!

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  40. I would nake for my 4 yo daughter!

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  41. I'd make the cutest little matching outfits for my 2 year old and her cousin.

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  42. I'd make the cutest little matching outfits for my 2 year old and her cousin.

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  43. I would love to make so clothes for my 5-year-old daughter with these patterns! The pants are adorable! Love the fabrics you used

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  44. I would be making fall wear for my 2 yr old :)

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  45. Gorgeous patterns! I plan to make lots of clothing for my 2 year old daughter.

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  46. I love your fabric choices!

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    1. I plan to make my 2 girls matching outfits for school!

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  47. I'd definitely make these up for my daughter. Love the simplicity of them!

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  48. Would be great patterns for my granddaughter

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  49. I would get started on my girls fall wardrobe! Lovely patterns

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  50. I'd love to sew these for my girls (3 years and the baby is 5 months) :)

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  51. My granddaughters would love these!

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  52. I want to make all of these for my 3 year old daughter!

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  53. I would sew some cute outfits for my two year old niece!

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  54. If I won, I'd sew these cute patterns for a friend's little girl.

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  55. Oh my goodness. This is just precious! I adore the yellow floral fabric, the piping is great and the buttons are so cute. And those pants are adorable! Love seeing the color yellow being used, so pretty!

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